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Daily Roundup: 2013 Mac Pro review, Jack Dorsey joins Disney, Google powered robots and more!

Tue, 24/12/2013 - 04:37
You might say the day is never really done in consumer technology news. Your workday, however, hopefully draws to a close at some point. This is the Daily Roundup on Engadget, a quick peek back at the top headlines for the past 24 hours -- all ...

Edward Snowden looks back at NSA leaks, considers his personal mission accomplished

Tue, 24/12/2013 - 03:15
2013 is almost over, but revelations delivered this year about the amount of communications data the NSA has access to, and how it has acquired that data, will reverberate for much longer. The man at the center of the leaks, Edward Snowden, has ...

HP's new tablets may be its way back into the smartphone world

Tue, 24/12/2013 - 02:57
HP has long vowed that it would revive its smartphone efforts, and it may be near that comeback -- just not with the fanfare that some were hoping for. The Information claims that the company is weeks away from releasing a slew of phone-capable 6- ...

UK pardons computing pioneer Alan Turing

Tue, 24/12/2013 - 02:11
Campaigners have spent years demanding that the UK exonerate computing legend Alan Turing, and they're finally getting their wish. Queen Elizabeth II has just used her royal prerogative to pardon Turing, 61 years after an indecency conviction that ...

Apple bought Catch and Broadmap in 2013, beefs up its note-taking, cartographical chops

Tue, 24/12/2013 - 01:47
Apple's bought plenty of companies this year, and while the number they bought is known, all the names are not. Today comes secondary confirmation of two more firms acquired by Tim Cook, as 9to5Mac and AllThingsD cite unnamed sources that BroadMap ...

BlackBerry's latest casualty: Two unreleased phones

Tue, 24/12/2013 - 01:11
2013 continues to be a downer year for the company formerly known as Research In Motion. The Wall Street Journal has just uncovered a tidbit in BlackBerry's latest earnings report that states two unreleased phones had to be cancelled due to poor ...

Must See HDTV (December 23rd - 29th)

Tue, 24/12/2013 - 00:56
The last full week of 2013 is mostly filled with college football bowl games and holiday specials, but the streaming services have some treats. Netflix will premiere the first five episodes of Turbo F.A.S.T. this week, while Amazon continues its ...

NASA JPL creates a more immersive way to control a space robot with the Oculus Rift and the Kinect 2

Tue, 24/12/2013 - 00:29
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has been on the hunt for a more natural way to maneuver robots in space for some time now, resulting in cool experiments like using a Leap Motion controller to remotely control a Mars rover and using an Oculus Rift ...

Oppo R1 smartphone arrives in China with a bright camera and high style

Mon, 23/12/2013 - 23:53
It's tough to stand out in the mid-range Android crowd, but Oppo may have found a way to separate itself from the pack. Its newly launched R1 smartphone carries a gold-effect metal frame that adds a touch of class around the 5-inch screen. Camera ...

Sony starts rolling out Android 4.3 to the Xperia Z, ZL, ZR and Tablet Z

Mon, 23/12/2013 - 23:03
Sony started delivering Android 4.3 updates to the shiny new Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z Ultra last week, and today it's rolling out those improvements to (slightly) older devices. The Xperia Z, ZL, ZR and Tablet Z are all getting both Google's ...

Facebook for Windows Phone 8 now lets you pin chats and events to the home screen

Mon, 23/12/2013 - 22:20
Windows Phone-toting Facebook users no longer have to worry about missing an important conversation or party update. A revamped Facebook app for Windows Phone 8 lets socialites pin seemingly any Facebook content to the home screen as a Live Tile, ...